Walk for CaRE

The Lancaster Family YMCA Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise (CaRE) program provides a pathway for cancer survivors to move from surviving cancer to thriving after cancer. CaRE – a twelve-week wellness program offered at the YMCA’s Lancaster City, Lampeter-Strasburg and New Holland branches – helps cancer patients regain strength and move past the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatments. CaRE classes are free of cost to the cancer survivor and a support friend. CaRE is run in partnership with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health.

Walk for CaRE

Inspired by the impact of the CaRE program and his wife’s personal battle with cancer, Dale Groff is helping to raise awareness and funds in support of CaRE to ensure that the YMCA is able to continue offering this vital program.

In 2016, Dale raised awareness and more than $4,000 in support for the CaRE program by completing a One Day 50 Mile Walk. This year, Dale is increasing his efforts by leading a community Walk for CaRE on September 23. You can follow Dale’s Walk for CaRE efforts on Facebook.

You can support Dale’s efforts and the YMCA CaRE program by making a donation online. When donating online, please type “Walk for Care” in the Add Special Instructions To The Seller Box.


You can also donate by sending a check made out to: 
Lancaster Family YMCA
Mail to:
Lancaster Family YMCA Association
Attention: Walk for CaRE
252 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 300, Lancaster, PA 17603

The community is invited to walk with Dale on September 23 in his efforts to raise funds and awareness for the YMCA CaRE Program.  

Walk For CaRE Location

Enola Low Grade Rail to Trail in Quarryville, PA
All participants will start and end at the Fairview Road parking area

Walk for CaRE Time

September 23, 2017
Approximate start and finish times:

  • ½ Marathon (13.1 miles) – 7:00 am start
  • 10K (6.2 miles) – 8:00 am start
  • 5K (3.1 miles) – 9:00 am start

The Walk for CaRE is not an official event; however, walkers must complete the Information and Registration Form shown below to participate.

Walk for CaRE Information and Registration Form


Dale’s Story


YMCA at New Holland Member Dale Groff with his wife Suzanne

My wife Suzanne was diagnosed with uterine cancer several years ago requiring a full hysterectomy. The surgery and follow-up radiation treatments were very successful. However, she lost her stamina. The least little effort put her back in bed and asleep for hours. Before the surgery, she was walking 3-4 miles every day. It took her well over a year to regain her stamina. Today, three years later, she is back to doing her daily 3-4 mile walk and feeling good and she is still cancer free!

I believe the CaRE program would have been very beneficial to Suzanne’s recovery, but it was not available at that time. It is now available at the three YMCA branches in Lancaster County. Through my ONE DAY 50 MILE WALK, I hope to raise awareness about the CaRE program and to show support to all those individuals in cancer recovery by raising funds to help sustain and expand this program.

Learn more about the CaRE program and how you or a loved one can participate.